Goalscorer: P. Burrows
Competition: Bluefin Sports (UHL) Challenge Cup
Date: Tuesday 13th October 2020
Venue: Stag Meadow, SL4 3TH
GK Josh Lincoln
Dan Gosling (c)
Subs not used:
Manager: Iain White
Asst. Manager: Toby Goodship
Referee: Ollie Kaya
We travelled to Windsor FC to face Virginia Water for the second year running in cup competitions on one of the very best pitches in the Hellenic League. Yateley went into the game full of confidence after a good pre-season and first two competitive wins, however with Virginia Water being an established Step 5 Hellenic Premier Division outfit we know we were in for a tough test! Josh Lincoln came in for the injured George Currey in goal; young Adam Teale made his first start for the club, with Tom Sharpe, Harry Wilcox, Finlay Scott and Myles White all missing through injury.
Within the first few minutes, Virginia Water striker Ojong had a great chance to open the scoring but hit the underside of the bar from close range after an excellent ball whipped in from the right flank. After that, Yateley settled into the game well – the first 20 minutes being pretty evenly matched with neither side able to threaten the opposition goal. On 32 minutes, some excellent work by Rhys Kirkby-Cox led to him winning a free kick just outside the Virginia Water box, which Matt Hood went close from. Virginia Water threatened from a few long throws and corners but the Yateley defence, marshalled by the excellent Callum Scott, stood firm. A couple of minutes before the break, some slick interplay down our left between Josh Mynard, Dan Gosling and the lively Rhys Kirkby-Cox created an opportunity with Kirkby-Cox shooting narrowly wide.
After the break, Virginia Water driven by their excellent skipper Blake, continued to try to het some rhythm established, however Yateley were more than a match for them standing firm and playing some impressive football of their own. On the hour mark, the pacey Yateley trio of Clayton, Kirkby-Cox and King combined well to create a chance for King who saw his goal bound shot excellently tipped over by the Virginia Water ‘keeper. Continuing to press, Yateley won a couple of free kicks in dangerous positions around the penalty area but were unable to make the breakthrough. After being the better side for the first 20 minutes of the second half, Yateley were unfortunate to go behind on 67 minutes when Virginia Water substitute Burrows’ strike from 20 yards took a massive deflection – a la Germany’s goal v England in Italia ’90 – and the wrong-footed Lincoln in the Yateley goal was unable to reach it.
Yateley almost replied immediately with a shot from Munden being tipped wide and Hood also went close from distance late on. Virginia Water had good possession and threatened until the end, especially through set pieces, but Yateley remained right in the game and stuck to their passing game to the final whistle but it wasn’t to be.
Yateley’s next match is a floodlit midweek game vs. Flackwell Heath Reserves at home (Cove FC) on Wednesday 21st October 2020 in the Bateman Sports Chairmans Challenge Cup.
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